Learn How To Become A Freelancer By Taking These Online Courses
Do you want to set your own work hours? Are you tired of working a full-time job and answering to others? Does the idea of working 9 to 5 for the next 30 years totally stress you out? If you answered yes to either of those questions, or if you’ve every found yourself Googling “What is the secret to work-life balance,” then a freelance career might be good for you.
In fact, 57.3 million Americans did some type of freelance activity last year, according to Upwork, and 63 percent of those said it was entirely by preference. But how on earth do they do it?
Stepping out on your own can be pretty scary. Especially when you have mouths to feed, bills to pay, or an insatiable desire to order random shit off Amazon every week.
Whether you want to become a freelance writer, web designer, illustrator, or want to simply start a side hustle and join the gig economy, it pays to learn from people who are already doing it. Taking an online course is a great way to do this.
Udemy offers more than 65,000 online learning courses, reaching some 15 million students. You’ll find courses on basically any topic you can think of, but we narrowed our search to only options that can teach you to build a profitable freelance business from the ground up.
No surprise to us, there were several to choose from. Here are a few of the top-rated ones we found to get you started no matter what industry you’re in:
Why learn from your own mistakes when you can learn from someone else’s? The professor of this Freelance Bootcamp class is Jordan Hudgens, who says he’s spent years developing his approach. In addition to being a professor, he runs his own freelance development biz that (according to him) generated over $295,000 last year alone. In fact, he says he made over $40,000 in one month from freelancing. And we don’t know about you, but that sounds like a heck of a lot of money to us! Let him teach you how he does it.
Hudgens says be prepared to learn the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the freelancing industry. Learn how to prepare to make the leap, then progress to portfolio creation and learn how to craft successful proposals for various projects. Next, you’ll move on to one of the biggest challenges freelancers face: getting actual clients. And the course doesn’t stop there. There are entire sections on how to communicate with clients to ensure that your clients become your biggest fans. (Word of mouth is a powerful way to get new leads, after all.)
If the concept of being able to work from anywhere in the world is appealing to you, then this course is for you. You get access to 5.5 hours of on-demand video instruction, plus Hudgens wrote a full length book called The Freelance Manifesto that he’ll send you for free when you sign up.
Image: Jordan Hudgens
Freelancing is rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work and involves a lot of responsibility.
Whether you’re working full-time and want to make some extra cash on the side or if you’re graduating college and want to start freelancing as a career, you have to make sure you’re equipped with the right tools to create a sustainable practice.
This Freelance Business Kickstart Class wants to help give you those tools and equip you with a few others as well. To start, instructor Phil Ebiner will help you choose a skill that you can successfully freelance with. Then, you learn about marketing, creating a website, and portfolio building so people know who you are and what you’re good at. You’ll learn where to actually find work, and pricing strategies to help you set the right price for your skills. Ebiner will provide money advice and tips on doing your taxes as well.
- 30 minutes of free time each day to watch the video lessons.
- A computer or mobile phone/tablet to watch all of the videos (they are downloadable for you to take with you!)
- A skill you can translate into a money making enterprise
What you’ll get:
- Downloadable Video Lessons (3 hours on-demand)
- Free eBook – Freelance Kickstart
- Challenges that will really help you start freelancing
- Quizzes that help you track your success
More than 23,000 students have taken this class, which has an average rating of 4.8 stars.
Image: Phil Ebiner
The instructor of this course, Jacqui Moore, says she’s been freelancing in the TV industry for over two decades and has spent a lot of her time working with other freelancers, so she knows the issues they face. She teaches a tried and tested frame work of marketing strategies that will help you to get more business, more contracts, improve your relations with your network, and support a long and successful freelance career.
You’ll learn the basics of marketing to help you discover your value and expertise. All you need is a notebook, internet access, and a willingness to learn something new and you’ll get lifetime access to over an hour of on-demand instructional video. The professor has a 4.9 average rating and is a former VP of Production from MTV. Enroll to see what she has to say.
Image: Jacqui Moore
This Freelancer Course is for people who are starting from scratch. It’ll teach you the bare basics and starts by answering the question: What is a Freelancer?
In this course, you’ll learn everything from how to write effective freelance proposals to how to build long term relationships with clients and more. Instructor Jamshaid Raza says he’ll teach you how to start a 6-figure freelance business, based on 5 years of freelancing in different countries all around the world.
You’ll learn about problems freelancers face and how to overcome them as well as tips to attracting clients. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied, but the class has 4.7 out of 5 stars so we don’t think you’ll have any issues.
Image: Jamshaid Raza
You know what they say: “You have to spend money to make money.” Well, the instructor of this class has a slightly different mantra. Ali Mirza wants to help you make money freelancing without spending any money at all (aside from the $10.99 it costs to take is highly rated class, that is.)
Mirza is CEO and founder of iSocialYou, a marketing company based in Dallas, TX. The course offers marketing strategies for freelancers, which is pretty darn important. He’ll teach you how to get clients with an absolute $0 marketing budget thanks to a little thing called social media. He’ll also teach you how to find work on sites like Fiverr, Craigslist, Upwork, and more. If you are a consultant or a freelancer with little to no money, this might be the class for you.
You’ll takeaway the following:
- How to use different platforms to find clients
- Demos and instructional tools based on the instructor’s experience
- Exact email templates to contact potential clients
- Professional tricks and hacks to grow your business.
You get lifetime access to 2 hours on-demand video, 9 informational articles, and 9 other supplemental resources to get you up and running.
Image: Ali Mirza